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tonight, breaking news. a major hurricane bearing down on the u.s. evacuations already under way tonight in texas. a state of emergency declared tonight in parts of louisiana. harvey rapidly gaining strength tonight. now forecast to hit as a category 3 hurricane. authorities warn up to 35 inches of rain. possibly life threatening. our team in the storm zone, and ginger zee is here with the new track just in. also breaking tonight, the hostage standoff in charleston. a man walking into a restaurant, pointing a gun into a woman's stomach. authorities then say, firing at someone else. the threat from president trump. he says he will shut down the government if that's what it takes to get funding to build the wall. but who is paying for it? the high school cheerleader. did the coach go too far?
forcing her to do more than she could? the powerball mix-up. the wrong location, but now the correct winner. the hospital worker and tonight, what she has already told her boss. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with that hurricane rapidly growing in size and strength. barrelling through the gulf and headed toward the u.s. tonight. harvey becoming a category 1 hurricane just this afternoon. 85 mile-an-hour winds already. and still growing. expected to be a category 3 when it hits. urgent warnings going out. evacuations under way at this hour. flights already being canceled. families stocking up for what could be nearly 3 feet of rain, and if the forecast is right, it would be the first category 3 to make landfall in the u.s. in more than a decade. chief meteorologist ginger zee has been in the news room with us all afternoon tracking this, and ginger, where is harvey right now? >> it's less than 300 miles
southeast of corpus christi. we go to the maps to see it moving. moving at 10 miles per hour in the next 24 hours. we'll see again, rapid intensification, and that's why the track takes it into that hurricane-warned area as a category 3. major hurricane. those hurricane watches and warnings have been up and now you see the track taking it through the weekend, staying at category 2, through the afternoon on saturday, making a u-turn through the gulf of mexico, and then going north and east. we could be talking about the storm through the next midweek or beyond. that's why the 35 inches is up, and it's a 10 plus region, and why rainfall and flooding are the number one impact as far as life and property loss, and then you see storm surge, up to 20 feet in the wind warning. they are saying low cases could be uninhabitable for weeks or months. >> it's the rain. up to 35 inches of rain they are talking about. >> correct.
days on end. >> ginger, thanks. texas in the path tonight. the first significant rains begin tomorrow morning. outer bands already being seen tonight. evacuations under way. also a state of emergency in parts of louisiana at this hour. abc's senior national correspondent, matt gutman, is already in the storm zone. >> reporter: with hurricane harvey's outer bands already gouging the coastline, the gulf coast is in a frenzy of hammering. sandbagging and fleeing, a mass exodus now underway in several texas towns including port aransas where there's a mandatory evacuation tonight. the storm whipping itself from a tropical depression into a full blown hurricane in just a few hours. triggering alarm bells from corpus christi, texas to new orleans, and some very stark warnings. >> we're going to in the strongest possible terms encourage residents in the low lying areas as they say, get out of dodge.
>> reporter: helping folks get out of dodge, airline waiving change and cancellation fees for those in the storm's path. some are buying sand by the pallet, but this line goes around the block and is it's 3 1/2 hours long. inside southerland's hardware, clerks scrambling -- >> we're out of wood. >> reporter: the line for plywood 30 minutes long, customers on edge -- >> and everybody just went into code red, and we all came and basically just to prepare ourselves. >> i'm 65, and i don't want to get out -- and i don't want to die at 65. >> reporter: in houston where the storm is forecast to dump a biblical deluge shelves picked clean. >> there's no more water, the bread's already running out as well. >> reporter: cars lining up for hours at gas stations. >> this is the line to get gas. absolute insanity over this hurricane.
>> reporter: in new orleans early they are month, a summer squal, flooded streets and there's now concern the city's pumps won't be able to keep up. >> we're in a more vulnerable space than we should be in. >> reporter: millions of people will feel the direct impact of the storm, but the entire country could be affected. also in the storm's path, some 20 refineries producing 4 million barrels of oil. it doesn't take a hurricane to wreak destruction. tropical storm allison in 2001 caused $5 billion in damage. >> let's get to matt gutman live from corpus christi, and they are talking about a storm surge of up to 12 feet? >> reporter: that's right, david, and just over the past couple of hours, we have also felt this wind pick up here. you may hear it on my microphone. initially, they were talking about 4 to 6-foot storm surge, and now it's 12 feet meaning the water in the bay here would go over my head, and the waves during the storm would be crashing well above that lamp post, david. >> matt gutman already there for us. matt, thank you. we'll have much more on the
hurricane throughout the night at abcnews.com, and first thing in the morning on "good morning america." in the meantime, next tonight, the hostage standoff in downtown, charleston, south carolina. schools and businesses put on lockdown as s.w.a.t. teams then moved in. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: frightened tourists and residents ran from this packed restaurant as the shooter ran in. >> a man came up to the door in white, and i went over to ask if everything was okay and if i could help him and he locked the door and put a gun in my belly and told me to get on the floor. >> reporter: around a quarter past noon, at virginia's, in the heart of charleston's busy entertainment district, police say a former dishwasher came ak aennd i s for his old boss d and he said the boss man was shot. >> reporter: at 12:21, the police arrive with s.w.a.t. teams, dogs and snipers on rooftops. >> suspect is currently on scene at 412 king street.
>> reporter: people in a building across the street took this picture of paramedics at work. the gunman was still inside, holding one person hostage, and telling everyone else to get on the floor and crawl out the restaurant. the standoff ended around 2:30 p.m. when police say they shot and critically wounded the gunman. his family, is seen here waiting outside, in tears. >> police say the gunman has history of mental health issues. and tell us that the person he held hostage got out safely. david? >> steve osunsami, thank you. and to the white house tonight. president trump vowing to shut down the government if that's what it takes to fund and build the wall. but the white house was asked repeatedly today about the president's promise in the beginning, that mexico would pay for it. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: president trump is in a war of words with his own party, threatening a government shutdown if the leaders don't come up with the money for his biggest campaign promise, the wall on the mexican border. something he promised over and over again, that mexico, not
u.s. taxpayers, would pay for the wall. >> and who is going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> reporter: back in january, the president softened on that, telling david u.s. taxpayers would pay it first -- >> are you going to direct u.s. funds to pay for this wall? will american taxpayers pay for the wall? >> we'll be starting those negotiation, relatively soon, and we will be in a form, reimbursed by mexico. >> they will pay us back? >> 100%. >> reporter: but this week, he threatened to shut down the government if congress doesn't pay for it. >> the obstructionist democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> reporter: the president promised mexico would pay for the wall, and why is he now threatening a government shutdown if congress won't pay for it? >> he is making sure this gets done. >> reporter: why is he threatening a shutdown over paying for it. he talked about the campaign over and over again, and said
mexico will pay for the wall. >> once again, the president is committed to making sure this happens, and we're going to push forward. >> reporter: but the white house press secretary today refused to repeat the president's threat to shut down the government. all of this as the relationship with republican leaders is in something of a free fall. two weeks ago, it was republican senate leader, mitch mcconnell, publicly airing his frustrations. >> our new president of course, has not been in this line of work before. and i think had excessive expectations. >> reporter: that prompted an irate phone call to mcconnell from the president, with the president shouting profanities into the phone. the two men have not spoken since, and this morning, the president hammered mcconnell on twitter for the senate's failure to repeal obamacare, tweeting, he failed. that should never have happened. >> so let's get to jon karl tonight live at the white house, and jon, how likely is it that the president will follow through on this threat to shut down the government if congress doesn't approve money for the wall? what are your sources telling you tonight?
>> reporter: white house officials have tried to turn the temperature down on this today, but it is hard to see how republicans can deliver the votes to pay for the wall, and that means either the president has to back down or there will be a shutdown, and officials say he has no intention of backing down. >> jon karl at the white house tonight. jon, thank you. and speaking of money and mu funding a dramatic day as we waited for the powerball winner. the first location was wrong, and then we had the correct winner. mavis wanczyk, revealing how she chose those numbers. abc's gio benitez from massachusetts. >> reporter: tonight, after more than two months of rolling jackpots, a record-breaking winner comes forward. >> i had a pipe dream and the pipe dream came true. >> reporter: mavis wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother and hospital worker from chicopee, massachusetts, going home with the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket, $758 million dollars. today sharing the moment she and
a friend realized she'd won. >> he's reading these numbers and i pull mine out and i go, hey i have that, i have that, i have that. ive i have that, and he goes, let me see that picture. and he goes you just won. and i said you're joking, please. and he goes sign that ticket now! >> reporter: those winning numbers? picked by wanczyck herself -- >> the numbers were basically random with birthdays, one from here one from there. >> reporter: but that big win also bringing some confusion, the massachusetts lottery making a mistake. at first telling the wrong store owners they had sold the winning ticket and had won $50,000 for making the sale. for seven hours, lottery officials said this was where that winning lottery ticket was sold, but turns out it was actually sold an hour and a half away. while the store didn't sell the jackpot, it did sell one of 34 tickets around the country worth a million dollars. the store now getting $15,000 from the lottery. >> we still had a million dollar winner so that's better than nothing. >> reporter: six other tickets across the country worth $2 million tonight. as for wanczyck, she's taking the lump sum.
$480 million, and says her days of working at the hospital are now over. >> i have called and told them i will not be coming back. >> reporter: so what's she going to do with all that money? she is going to sit back, relax, pay off her car, and she also said just last month on facebook she is going to go ahead and maybe go on a vacation. that was perhaps a prediction, david. >> now it's paid for. gio benitez live in massachusetts tonight. way to go, mavis. we turn to the other news this thursday night, and to the controversial videos involving the malt mor police accuses odd evidence tampering, and tonight, the video that shows questionable activity. but the police say after a review that it proves the officer did what it was supposed to do. here's abc's pierre thomas with the tape. >> reporter: baltimore police under intense scrutiny after police seemed to have planted drugs earlier this year. two incidents recorded by police cameras.
this one, after a police officer planted marijuana, and this one under the microscope after a third incident. the prosecutor's office now doubting his credibility. in this video, the officer pursuing a man with an outstanding warrant for drugs. bodycameras rolling. the suspect was apprehended and then he takes off in handcuffs. police in hot pursuit, catching hip after running into the woods. >> i have to search you. >> reporter: the police don't find any drugs initially, but went to the scene after listening to a jailhouse call that allegedly directed them to the drugs. in the video, you see an officer pick up the drugs, but then puts them back down, only to pick them back up again. the officer claims he did that because he forgot to turn his bodycamera on, but prosecutors are concerned it was evidence tampering dropping 43 cases connected to this officer. today, a spirited defense from police. >> there is nothing questionable
about this. the officers did exactly what i and the community expect of him. >> reporter: david, police typically turn on their cameras these approach a crime scene, and leave them on for the duration. >> pierre thomas from washington. thank you, parkway. the navy has now suspended the search of where the uses mccain collided with an oil t g tanker. one body was found in the ship. tonight, the navy has revealed the names and the faces of the dead and the missing. they range in age from 20 to 39, and they hail from eight u.s. states. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the high school cheerleader and the new and stoefrl video tonight. allegedly forced to do more than she could during cheerleading practice. did the coach go too far? we want you to weigh in on this tonight. also the stabbing attack on a corrections officer. the danger they face. and the new lawsuit tonight
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let it happen, and nobody stopped them, and she was begging him to stop, and he kept doing it anyways. >> reporter: the school district has now placed williams and several other staffers on leave, including the school principal, assistant principal, and assistant cheer coach, saying we absolutely prohibit any practices that place our students' physical and mental health in jeopardy. we will not allow any situation where a student is forced to perform an activity or exercise beyond they wish to stop. police tell us they are involved. they have seen the video and they have assigned child abuse detectives to investigate, david. >> clayton sandell in denver. when we come back tonight, amazon and its new promise this evening. where they are going to cut prices starting monday, and it's big. also, the stabbing attack on a corrections officer. how law enforcement stopped the inmates in this video. and then a woman drives off the seventh floor of a parking garage. she survives. tonight, she is now suing because of the barrier. when we come back. sts... they'll try anything to get your medicare card number.
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small business owners don't want to risk being here on saturday. he's closing his store in the marina. >> this permit shouldn't have been given. nobody even considered us. we're small business. i'm the owner. i'm the worker. >> reporter: the permit was granted yesterday despite the city's request to have it denied. the association is conducting an emergency meeting tomorrow night at the palace of fine arts theater. san francisco's chief of police will address residents and business owners. >> we thought it was very important to get together community officials in one spot so the community could really get know the true facts. >> reporter: the golden gate bridge highway